I have always been a helper and listener. Even before I became a licensed psychologist, I came to understand just how much better people feel when they are truly listened to. My training and personal experience in therapy has helped to broaden my understanding of myself, what I have to offer, and how I can use that to best support others. I recognized my calling to become a psychologist in high school, and I have been on this path ever since.
How I Approach Therapy
Our struggles come from getting stuck in old ways of protecting ourselves from difficult feelings, memories, or thoughts. In our sessions, I help uncover these protections, recognize their triggers, and find new, constructive ways to cope and move forward. It is this process of working through difficult memories and accepting difficult parts of yourself that will allow you to open the door to change and healing.
I believe that a trusting relationship between therapist and patient is the key to effective therapy, and I view myself as an active contributor to the therapeutic process, partnering with you to create an understanding of your unique challenges. I work to foster an open, caring, and compassionate environment for patients, which is informed by a strong theoretical orientation, ample research, and solid training. And, because development is key for both of us, I continue to strengthen my knowledge and skills through continued education, trainings, and regular consultation with peers.
What You Can Expect from Working with Me
In general, my approach is to allow clients to begin sessions with topics and/or events they wish to explore. I believe that our minds know where to go if we are willing to listen. My goal is to help you process your experiences in an authentic way—to genuinely feel your feelings. Working through your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors enables you to gain clarity and make sense of your experiences, and it’s from this place of clarity that we can develop and help you implement the appropriate solutions.
During our sessions, we will focus on both current factors (what is happening in your life in the present) and historical factors (what happened in your childhood and past relationships). Together, we will seek to make sense of your experiences and how you would like to see yourself, your relationships, and your life experience transform.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology from California State University, Chico in Northern California. I then moved to the vibrant city of San Francisco and earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of San Francisco. I went on to earn my Doctoral Degree from The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego, California. Immediately following, I moved to the beautiful city of Boston to complete my postdoctoral work treating eating disorders and other identity and eating issues.
Throughout my education and various trainings, I have explored many areas of practice and treated an array of mental health issues. My experience includes working in a community clinic, several rehabilitation centers, a psychiatric hospital, a college counseling center and an eating disorder center. My particular areas of expertise are working with substance use, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders (which can include anxiety, depression, and character issues, among others).
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Massachusetts (License #10517).
I welcome your questions and look forward to guiding you in this process. Please contact me to discuss your needs in greater depth and schedule your first session.